One of my favourites genres to read is poetry, in particular modern poetry collections. In recent years i’ve read a lot of different collections, so I thought i’d share and recommend to you, my 8 favourite poetry collections (in no particular order)
Milk & Honey by Rupi Kaur
Milk & Honey was the first collection of poetry that I read and it was the book that sparked my love for modern poetry. I found out about Rupi Kaur through Instagram after somebody had posted a page from the book that I liked. Milk and Honey is a collection of poetry which talks about the author’s life and experiences. It is split into four different sections; ‘the hurting’, ‘the loving’, ‘the breaking’ and ‘the healing’. I really loved this collection as it talked a lot about self-love and being comfortable with who you are and I found that I connected and related to a lot of the poems. Majority of this collection is formed of short, simple poems, making it an easy quick read and I would recommend it as a starting point to anybody who is new to modern poetry.
The Sun And Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
The Sun and Her Flowers is Rupi Kaur’s second collection that was released last year. Just like Milk & Honey, this collection is split into different sections; wilting, falling, rooting, rising and blooming. This collection spoke a lot about growth and healing as well as family, ancestry and honouring your roots. I really enjoyed this collection, the topics were different from her first book but I still found them very relatable and I also loved how the book was a metaphor for sunflowers.
She Felt Like Feeling Nothing by r.h. Sin
She Felt Like Feeling Nothing is a short collection of poetry that focusses on women’s strength and self-discovery. This collection was like a reminder for women to love themselves and take care of themselves and I love that it embraces the independence of a woman. r.h. Sin has written a lot of collections and from the ones I’ve read, this is my favourite of his. I like that the topics help uplift women and I could connect to a lot of the poems.
Inward by Yung Pueblo
Inward is a collection of poetry, quotes and prose that explores the topics of self-love, unconditional love, the power of letting go and the wisdom that comes when we truly get to know ourselves. This collection was very well written and has a lot of focus of self-discovery, which I loved. I connected to a lot of the poems and I feel like it’s almost like a helpful guide for those who are on a journey of self-discovery and self-love.
The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur
The Rose That Grew From Concrete is a powerful collection of poetry written by the O.G. Tupac Shakur. This collection honestly confronts topics ranging from poverty and motherhood to Mandela. I really loved that this collection showed his humanitarian side. Everybody knows that Tupac was a rapper but he was much more than that, he was a very soulful complex person and I liked that this collection showed that. I also loved the layout of the presentation of this collection, with one side printed with Tupac’s own handwriting and a typed version on the opposite side.
Sea Of Strangers by Lang Leav
Sea of Strangers is a collection of poetry and prose that explores themes of self-discovery and empowerment. I actually enjoyed this collection more than I expected and I feel like if you are someone who enjoys classical poetry then this would be a great starting point if you are trying to get into modern poetry. Out of all of these recommendations Lang Leav’s poetry is the closest to classical poetry.
I Love My Love by Reyna Biddy
I Love My Love is a collection of spoken word poetry that talks about loving others, loving yourself and relationships (both romantic and familial). I loved this collection so much and Reyna Biddy is my favourite poet/writer. I love how honest and raw her writing is and I related and connected to so much of what she said. I highly recommend this collection and I also suggest that you listen to the spoken word poems on Soundcloud/Apple Music/Spotify.
A Psalm For Us by Reyna Biddy
I honestly feel like this collection is my favourite of all time. A Psalm For Us is Reyna’s second book where she talks a lot about self-love, self-discovery, self-growth and religion/spirituality. I found it so relatable. I really loved this book because you can clearly see the growth of Reyna, not just as a writer but in general as an individual on a journey. I loved the writing style of this book as it was a mixture of poetry, prose and spoken word, just like I Love My Love. I would highly recommend reading this book after I Love My Love.